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Five Hastings properties earn preservation awards

706 Vermillion St., owned by Mark and Gail Borchardt. Star Gazette photos by Katrina Styx

Every year, Hastings’ Heritage Preservation Commission selects a handful of properties that have been exceptionally well maintained or restored according to the city’s heritage preservation guidelines and publicly recognizes them by awarding them a Heritage Preservation Award.

This year, five properties received the awards. HPC members presented the following information to the Hastings City Council Monday, May 19.

The home at 706 Vermillion St. is owned by Mark and Gail Borchardt. The home was built in 1870 and features a Classical Revival style. The Borchardts recently restored the home to its former grandeur. Most notably, they restored the once-clipped gable roof to its original peak, removed vinyl siding and restored long-hidden porch detailing, including paired classical porch columns. Modern windows and doors were replaced with styles better suited to the 19th century home.

Jesse and Sara Hoffman own the home at 602 W. Third St. This well-conserved and well-maintained two-story gambrel roofed house, built in 1919, retains its shingled gables and graduated narrow siding. The Dutch Colonial Revival home’s three-bay façade has a shed-roofed dormer and a central entry, which is flanked by side lights and wooden benches and sheltered by an arched roof. There’s a one-story sun porch at the east and a rear addition at the north, and unique accents like a pendant lamp and the barrel-vault porch roof.

The rambler at 200 Maple St., owned by Pieter and Kathleen Sigtermans, features great roof lines, cedar-shake siding, six-over-six and four-over-four windows, a sun porch on the southern elevation, a dormer window, bay window and an eight-paned French door at the entry. Adding to the home’s “cottage in the woods” feel are a window box, limestone retaining walls, vine-covered railings and a curving staircase leading to the front door. A stone walkway leads to a detached two-car, one and a half story garage with a witch-hat cupola.

The home at 301 W. Eighth St., owned by Jeffrey and Joleen Elliott, is a two-story Queen Anne style home, built around 1890. It features nice landscaping and many special features, including a wraparound screen porch with a Victorian style porch storm door, picture window, bump-out wall, cedar shakes on the roof and four-over-four double hung sash windows.

The final award was given to Hastings Family Service and Stotko Speedling Construction for their efforts to renovate the downtown commercial space at 301 E. Second St. Built in 1962, the work illustrates how skilled restoration and paying attention to architectural details can bring new life to a rather quiet historic building. When Hastings Family Service moved to the location in 2011, it enlisted Stotko Speedling Construction to transform the property. They painted the exterior, including the crown molding and metal roof cap, and replaced the storefront windows but retained, restored and replaced the exterior window trim. They also retained and restored the existing wood entrance doors, highlighting the property’s original integrity and style.